1829–1895
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No­vem­ber 27, 1830, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Sep­tem­ber 10, 1895, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Mount Au­burn Ce­me­te­ry, Cam­bridge, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Harrison was the son of Sam­u­el Mill­ard and Ma­ria Ham, and husband of Lau­ra V. Thomp­son.

At age eight, he was joined a Bo­ston choir, and at 10 sang in the chorus of the Han­del and Haydn society as an alto. His voice changed to a tenor, and on one occasion, around age 15, during the absence of the principal tenor, he sang in the oratorio Sam­son.

In 1851, Mill­ard went to Eur­ope and spent three years studying under the best masters in It­a­ly. He then spent some time in Lon­don, appearing at various musical venues as a tenor, and traveled with Cath­er­ine Hayes in Ire­land and Scot­land. While abroad, he wrote considerable music, and was a frequent contributor to Dwight’s Journal of Music and other Amer­ican musical publications.

In 1854, Mill­ard returned to Amer­i­ca, settling in Bos­ton, giving vocal lessons and singing at concerts. Two years later, he moved to New York. In 1859, he produced his first important song, Viva La Amer­ica, which was very successful.

Upon the outbreak of the Amer­i­can civil war, Mill­ard entered the army and was commissioned a first lieutenant in the 19th New York Regiment. After four years of service, he was severely wounded in the Battle of Chick­a­mau­ga, rendered unfit for duty, and sent home. Not long after, he was offered a position in the custom house, which he held until at least 1881.

Millard’s works consist of about 300 songs (including the patriotic song Flag of the Free); nearly 400 adaptations of French, Ger­man and Ital­ian works; many anthems; 4 church services; 4 Te Deu­ms; a grand mass; a vesper; and Deb­o­rah, a four-act Ital­ian opera. His other works in­clude:

  1. In the Lowly Manger Lying
  1. Abide with Me, ’Tis Even­tide
  2. Blessèd Are the Peace­mak­ers
  3. List Our Merry Ca­rol
  4. Mist Will Roll Away, The
  5. Savoie
  6. Waco